BCCI has recently appointed the veteran Neetu David as the chief selector for the Indian women’s team. In her recently interview today, she said that her panel will focus more on unearthing talents like Shafali Verma.
She also added that the demand for the T20I format is changing and thus we need more of attacking batters.
The way cricket is being played, it is quick and for that we need more players like Shafali. Earlier, the approach was different but now you see batters trying to be aggressive from the word go even in domestic cricket. We want to give opportunities to these kind of players,” she said to PTI.
She also added that the team will look forward to a good combination of experience and youthful energy.
“Nothing is permanent. Change is the rule of nature but experience counts a lot. Experience and youthful energy in the team is a good combination.
Having said that, it is important to give youngsters the opportunity at the right time. Shafali got into the team at the right time and has done well for the country. There are a lot of young players who deserve that opportunity.”
Talking about Mithali and Jhulan’s future, she said, “You can’t pressurise anyone into retirement. If they perform well they can surely continue. But retirement decision is ultimately theirs and with the kind of experience they have, they know very well when to take that decision.”
Talking about the ultimate goal, she said that winning the World title is the goal and the panel will make sure that the teams work on the areas that they are lacking.
“Winning a world title is the ultimate goal. We will work on that and other areas where we are lacking. We will also talk about the big match temperament with the coach and captain but at the end of the day it is their department.
“We have just been appointed, there is lots to learn about the current structure but will keep talking to them about all the issues that matter,” she added.